The Secret Cell Phone Plans That Save You Money

The big four carriers– AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon–have a big secret . They have discounted brands where consumers can save 60-75% off your monthly cell phone bill.

The AT&T discount service is called Cricket Wireless. If you like Verizon, look for Total Wireless. Sprint’s lower priced brand is Boost Mobile, and T-Mobile operates under GoSmartMobile.

They all use the exact same towers as their parent companies, and none of them have long term contacts that must be signed.

The Verizon discount brand, Total Wireless, is new, and is run by Tracfone. It will cost $35 a month. That includes unlimited talk, text and 2.5 GB of data. The same plan with only 2 GB of data will cost $75 from Verizon.

All the discount plans should allow you to bring your own phone from their big brother company, but double check with the carrier.

Does free service sound good?

Take a look at FreedomPop. They offer free service which includes 200 voice minutes, 500 text and 500mb of data per month. If you need more, you can get Unlimited Voice and Text as well as 500mb of data for only $6.67 a month. Think about this plan for your teenager who is just texting all the time. Check with FreedomPop about which phones can be used, or just purchase a cheap one from FreedomPop. Occasionally, they even offer phones for free.

Whatever plan you choose, do not sign a contract for cell service. Find a good used phone or buy one, but don’t fall for the “free phone with a contract” which all big four carriers offer. Prices are dropping so quickly, so there is no longer any reason to be locked in a contract for an extended period of time.

About John Oldshue

John Oldshue is the creator of He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers long distance and cell phone topics for SaveOnPhone.